A total of 27,926 election observers – including 16,622 women (59.52 per cent) – have been approved to monitor the June 5 commune council vote as of April 26, according to the National Election Committee (NEC) on April 28.

The observers are from seven associations and NGOs, the NEC said, adding that most are from the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC) at 17,266 (61.83 per cent), followed by Cambodian Women for Peace and Development (9,835; 35.22 per cent) and Federation of Cambodian Intellectuals and Students (FedCIS) at 711 (2.55 per cent).

Four other institutions represented are the Voluntary Intellectual and Youth Association (46 observers), MettYeung (27), Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (26) and the Modern and Traditional Mental Health Organisation (15)

The NEC said applications from “many” other organisations were currently under review, adding that the registration period runs from February 15 to May 25.

Applications are available free of charge from the NEC, and can be downloaded from nec.gov.kh/khmer/content/5270. Completed forms must be submitted in-person to the NEC headquarters during working hours.